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6 max - My new favorite game!

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  • 6 max - My new favorite game!

    If you haven't tried 6 max yet, give it a shot! That's the main reason for this post.

    My new favorite game is the ‘6 max SNG’, and compared to the ‘9 max SNG’, it’s a turbo format (5 minute levels not 10); it has a shorter starting stack (1000 not 1500); is easily less than ½ the time. And, there’s more action, because of its structure.

    Early last year (when I was learning NLHE), I would never have thought 6 max was a game of skill. There isn’t enough time to work your stack; too many players playing aggressive; losing one hand, may drastically limit the way you play the rest of the tourney. You definitely don’t want to be a tight player, but at the same time you need some restraint; I like to call it ‘Controlled Aggression’.

    I’ve played slightly more games of 6 max this month (January 2012); compared to my 9 max games, for the entire month of December (2011). I won as much this month (2/3 into the month), as I did the entire month of December (in which I only played 9 max). An added bonus… it only took ½ the time, to win the same amount! Prior to the 9 max games, I played a lot of 27 man MTT's. I have the time to play longer structured games, but really enjoy the pace of the 6 max game. 6 max also allows me to squeeze in a game (or three) when my time is limited.

    I play 3 tables at one time, and am getting ITM around 50% of the time. Unfortunately, I can't keep up with the note taking while multi-tabling. I may try to jot down critical info on paper, and then add them to the HEM notes during my review (at the moment I only use PS notes). I find the color-coding option that PS has, is very good for labeling certain types of players. Players come in many different varieties (like Heinz ketchup), and I could really make use of a 2-color system (per player). Maybe an outer and inner ring, or perhaps, a top half and bottom half ring, would be a workable add-on (software wise).

    I recently read this on PS (pros commenting on the TCOOP format):

    May the cards be with you!
    "May the cards be with you!"

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